Welcome to “This Week in SABR!” Click here to view this week’s newsletter on the web. Here’s what we’ve been up to as of March 6, 2020:
We’re just a week away from the ninth annual SABR Analytics Conference on March 13-15 at the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown in Phoenix, Arizona. We have an All-Star lineup of speakers, panelists and presenters on the schedule this year.
Complete coverage of the SABR Analytics Conference, including a full schedule, can be found at SABR.org/analytics. We’ll be posting stories, photos, and multimedia clips online next week. You can also follow along live on Twitter by searching for the hashtag #SABRanalytics during the conference.
Once again, we’re bringing together the top minds of the baseball analytic community under one roof to discuss, debate and share insightful ways to analyze and examine the great game of baseball.
The SABR Analytics Conference will consist of a combination of Guest Speakers, Panels, and Research Presentations — plus the unique Diamond Dollars Case Competition, in which undergraduate, graduate, and law school students from across the country analyze and present a real baseball operations decision.
Find more information on the 2020 SABR Analytics Conference below:
- Registration: Click here to register for the 2020 SABR Analytics Conference. Registration is $595 for SABR members, $695 for non-members, and $350 for currently enrolled high school or college students (includes one-year SABR membership). Registration includes lunch on Friday and Saturday afternoons and the networking reception on Saturday evening.
- Hotel: Click here to book your hotel room at Marriott.com or call (602) 333-0000 for the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown hotel. Please note: The special SABR group rate of $239/night (plus tax) is no longer available.
- Digital program: Click here to download the digital program (PDF)
- Schedule: Click here to find the full schedule for the 2020 SABR Analytics Conference.
- Speakers: Click here to learn more about our featured speakers and panelists.
- Research Presentations: Click here to view the list of research presentations.
- Yoseloff Scholarship: Students, click here to learn more about our Yoseloff Scholarships.
- Diamond Dollars Case Competition: Learn more about the 2020 Diamond Dollars Case Competition.
- Research Awards: Click here to learn more about the 2020 SABR Analytics Conference Research Award finalists.
- Sponsors: Click here to learn more about our conference sponsors.
For more information, or to register, visit SABR.org/analytics.
Here is some more information about our featured panels:
- The State of Analytics, with MLB Network host and author Brian Kenny (1:05 p.m., Friday, March 13)
- MLB Statcast updates, with Greg Cain, Clay Nunnally, Daren Willman, and Jason Bernard of Major League Baseball (3:30 p.m., Friday, March 13)
- Intangibles: How do Teams Evaluate, Value, and Encourage Team Chemistry?, with Arizona Diamondbacks coach Jonny Gomes, former major-leaguer Rickie Weeks Jr., author Joan Ryan, and former SABR Board President Vince Gennaro (4:35 p.m., Friday, March 13)
- The Changing Baseball: What We Know, What We Think We Know, and What It Means, with Rob Arthur of Baseball Prospectus, Meredith Wills of SportsMEDIA Technology (SMT), Jay Jaffe of FanGraphs, and Arizona Diamondbacks broadcaster Mike Ferrin (8:30 a.m., Saturday, March 14)
- Technology Panel, with T.J. Barra of Major League Baseball, Eno Sarris of The Athletic, Seth Daniels of Rapsodo, and MLB Network host Brian Kenny (11:15 a.m., Saturday, March 14)
- Automated Strike Zone: Perspectives on the Technology and How it May Affect the Game, with Chicago Cubs mental skills coach and former major-leaguer John Baker, Ben Jedlovec of Major League Baseball, and SABRcast host and author Rob Neyer (10:05 a.m., Sunday, March 15)
- Groundbreaking research presentations all weekend, by representatives from Baseball Info Solutions, SportsMEDIA Technology (SMT), Driveline Baseball, DVS Baseball, Algomi, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Vanderbilt University, Wake Forest University, Southern Methodist University, Kansas State University, Syracuse University, University of California-Irvine, Illinois Wesleyan University, and more.
Please note: All speakers are subject to change depending on availability.
To learn more, visit SABR.org/analytics.
SABR is once again teaming up with the Baseball Industry Network for the 2020 SABR Analytics Conference Networking Reception which will feature food, drinks and great opportunities to network with baseball professionals and other attendees from the conference.
The reception will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 14 at the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown, 100 N. 1st St., Phoenix, AZ 85004.
Admission to the welcome reception is included with your SABR Analytics Conference registration.
Members of the Baseball Industry Network can attend the reception separately for $32. To sign up for the Networking Reception at EventBrite, click here.
2020 Seymour Medal winner Jeremy Beer will receive his award at the banquet of the 27th annual NINE Spring Training Conference on Saturday, March 7 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Tempe, Arizona.
The banquet includes the Seymour Medal ceremony, dinner, and the NINE keynote address by Ron Rapoport, author of Let’s Play Two: The Legend of Mr. Cub, the Life of Ernie Banks.
To learn more about the NINE conference, or to view the full schedule, visit nineconference.com.
Beer won the Seymour Medal — which honors the best book of baseball history or biography published during the preceding calendar year — for Oscar Charleston: The Life and Legend of Baseball’s Greatest Forgotten Player, published by the University of Nebraska Press.
The Seymour Medal, named in honor of Dr. Harold Seymour and Mrs. Dorothy (Seymour) Mills, was first awarded by SABR in 1996. To be considered for the medal, a work must be the product of original research or analysis. The winning book shall significantly advance our knowledge of baseball and shall be characterized by understanding, factual accuracy, profound insight and distinguished writing.
To see a list of previous Seymour Medal winners, click here.
TCMA founder Michael Aronstein was selected as the winner of the inaugural Jefferson Burdick Award, which honors individuals who have made significant contributions to the baseball card hobby, by SABR’s Baseball Cards Research Committee. He will be honored at the SABR 50 convention this summer in Baltimore.
Aronstein founded the influential TCMA baseball card comapny with Tom Collier in 1972 and was one of the pioneers of the modern baseball card industry, arranging and hosting early conventions and co-organizing the biannual American Sports Card Collectors Association shows in New York City.
To learn more about the Burdick Award, click here.
Join us in Baltimore to celebrate a special occasion this summer: SABR’s 50th annual convention! Conference and hotel registration for SABR 50 — scheduled for July 15-19, 2020, at the Hyatt Regency Inner Harbor in Baltimore — is now available at SABR.org/convention.
Attendees at our SABR 50 convention this summer in Baltimore will have a special opportunity to visit Camden Yards for an exclusive Day at the Ballpark session on the morning of Thursday, July 16 to hear from Baltimore Orioles executives and players. Guest speakers and more details will be announced later this spring. Access to the Day at the Ballpark session at Camden Yards is included in your registration for SABR 50. We’ll return to Camden Yards on Friday night for a game between the Orioles and Tampa Bay Rays.
Our featured speakers for SABR 50 are expected to include:
- Tim Kurkjian, ESPN analyst, author of three baseball books, and Maryland native
- Janet Marie Smith, who oversaw the building of Camden Yards and the revitalization of Baltimore’s waterfront
- Sig Mejdal, Baltimore Orioles Vice President and Assistant GM
Click on a link below for more information about SABR 50.
- Registration: Click here for complete information on the SABR 50 All-Inclusive Package, Early-Bird Registration, and optional sessions. Or click here to register for SABR 50!
- Hotel: The special SABR group rate at the Hyatt Regency Inner Harbor of $199/night plus tax (single/double occupancy) is only available to registered convention attendees. After you register for the SABR 50 convention, you will receive an e-mail confirmation with details on how to book your hotel room at the SABR group rate. There are a limited number of rooms in our group block, so be sure to register for SABR 50 early!
- Research presentations: SABR invites all members to present their research findings to their colleagues attending SABR 50. The deadline to submit your abstract is Sunday, March 8, 2020. Click here for complete details and application form.
- Yoseloff Scholarship: Students, click here to learn more about a Yoseloff Scholarship to attend SABR 50 in Baltimore. The deadline to apply is Friday, March 29, 2020.
Visit SABR.org/convention to learn more.
SABR invites all members to present their research findings to their colleagues attending SABR 50, the 2020 annual convention in Baltimore. Oral presentations are expected to last 20 minutes, followed by a five minute question-and-answer period. Posters will be presented, with the author on-hand to discuss the work, during a poster session of 60 minutes and they will remain on display throughout the convention.
Through on-site judging, the most highly-regarded presentations will receive the Doug Pappas Award for best oral presentation and the SABR Convention Poster Presentation Award for best poster presentation.
- Click here to submit abstracts for SABR 50: http://bit.ly/sabr50-presentations
The submission deadline for SABR 50 abstracts is 12:00 a.m. PST on Sunday, March 8.
SABR 50 will be held July 15-19, 2020, at the Hyatt Regency Inner Harbor in Baltimore. Early registration rates and hotel information are now available at SABR.org/convention.
With generous funding from The Anthony A. Yoseloff Foundation, Inc., SABR will award up to four scholarships to high school or college students to attend SABR 50 on July 15-19, 2020, in Baltimore. This scholarship will pay for registration, transportation and lodging (double occupancy) up to a total value of $1,250.
The objective of this scholarship fund is to encourage high school and college-level student engagement with baseball research and to engender an active interest in baseball and SABR.
- Download an application form: Click here to download a Yoseloff Scholarship form to attend SABR 50 in Baltimore
All applications must be postmarked or e-mailed to Leslie Heaphy at Lheaphy@kent.edu no later than Friday, March 29, 2020.
SABR’s Rickwood Field Chapter announces the 17th annual Southern Association Conference, which will be held on Saturday, March 7, 2020, at Rickwood Field in Birmingham, Alabama.
Dedicated to the preservation of the history of the Southern Association and the history of baseball in the South, the conference will take place from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at historic Rickwood Field, located at 1137 2nd Avenue West, Birmingham, AL 35204.
The cost is $35 per person, and a snack breakfast and full lunch is included. Contact Clarence Watkins for more information.
The 11th annual Frederick Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Base Ball Conference, scheduled for April 24-25, 2020, at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, is now sold out.
If you wish to be added to a waiting list in case a seat opens up, please contact Peter Mancuso at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 2020 conference will be highlighted by a keynote address from Major League Baseball’s Official Historian John Thorn, along with a panel discussion on National League president William Hulbert with Jack Bales, Richard Hershberger, Bill Lamb, and moderator Bill Ryczek; a special presentation by David Block on “Baseball’s Origins: A Progress Report”; a Member Spotlight interview of Tom Gilbert by Bob Bailey; plus book signings, research presentations, and a welcome dinner.
For more information, or to register, visit SABR.org/ivor-campbell19c.
Thanks to all of our supporters for helping SABR fulfill its mission! Here is a list of SABR supporters for the month of February 2020:
|D. Bruce Brown||Chris Petroff|
|Ken Carrano||Mike Phillips|
|John Carvalho||Michael Rosenwasser|
|Peter Coolbaugh||Charles Roussel|
|David Curtoys||Bob Russon|
|Richard Dempsey||Gary Sarnoff|
|Mark Dugo||Robert Sawyer|
|Thomas Dunn||Douglas Schoppert|
|Diane Firstman||John Smith|
|F.X. Flinn||Thomas Stone|
|Adam Foldes||Wesley Story|
|Leslie Heaphy||Joseph Thompson|
|Rockwell Hoffman||John Thorn|
|David Hughes||Thomas Tomsick|
|Thomas Jennings||Neal Traven|
|Thomas Lee||Clayton Trutor|
|Daniel Levitt||Thomas Tuttle|
|Dennis Link||Robert Weintraub|
|Richard Marzulli||Steve West|
|William Nowlin||Jeffrey Wood|
|Dave Ogden||Don Zminda|
Listen to a new episode of SABRcast with Rob Neyer, a new weekly podcast hosted by award-winning author and longtime SABR member Rob Neyer.
Visit SABR.org/sabrcast to listen to Episode #49 — our guest this week is Rob Nelson, a baseball original. He is most famous for co-inventing Big League Chew bubble gum with Jim Bouton when they were teammates with the minor-league Portland Mavericks (of Battered Bastards of Baseball fame) in the 1970s.
Subscribe to SABRcast on your favorite podcast networks, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or Google Play, and listen to each episode as soon as it’s released on Mondays. To learn more, visit SABR.org/sabrcast.
Four new biographies were posted this week as part of the SABR Baseball Biography Project, which brings us to a total of 5,102 published biographies. Here are the new bios published this week:
- Dan Ardell, by Bill Nowlin
- Garland Buckeye, by Chris Rainey
- Mike Kreevich, by John Gabcik and Jack Zerby
- Mother Watson, by Bill Lamb
All new biographies can be found here: SABR.org/bioproj/recent
- Search for any SABR biography: You can now visit sabr.org/bioproj_search to search for any player — or manager, executive, scout, spouse, broadcaster, or umpire — who appears in the SABR BioProject. You can also browse all of these BioProject categories and a lot more, including 300-game winners, Hall of Famers, 1960s All-Stars, or Negro Leaguers, at our Browse page: sabr.org/bioproj/browse.
Thirteen new game stories were posted this week as part of the SABR Games Project. Here are the new game stories:
- April 10, 1959: Frigid temps, flying fists; White Sox take first step toward a pennant, by Don Zminda
- April 12, 1965: Cubs and Cardinals battle to 11-inning tie on Opening Day, by Bruce Harris
- April 8, 1969: Cubs’ Willie Smith hits dramatic 2-run, 11th-inning home run to sink Phillies, by Bruce Harris
- April 6, 1973: Yankees’ Ron Blomberg makes debut as baseball’s first designated hitter, by Bill Nowlin
- April 6, 1973: Don Baylor whacks 4 extra-base hits to lead Orioles’ Opening Day rout, by Malcolm Allen
- April 7, 1975: Big Red Machine re-ignites on Opening Day, by Philip A. Cola (first-time author)
- April 7, 1987: Braves’ Mahler continues opener shutout string with 3-hit gem, by Jack Zerby
- April 3, 1989: New-look Orioles begin season on winning note, by Jody Madron (first-time author)
- April 10, 1998: ‘Greatest Closing Act Ever Seen in a Fenway Opener’, by Bill Nowlin
- April 1, 2002: Big Unit matches the Big Train in Opening Day victory for Diamondbacks, by Bill Staples Jr.
- April 4, 2005: A magical season begins for White Sox (in under two hours), by Don Zminda
- April 4, 2014: A Record, the Rooftop, and a Rout: Opening Day at Coors Field, by John Bauer
- April 2, 2017: Bumgarner hits two home runs on Opening Day, but Diamondbacks beat Giants in ninth, by Karl Cicitto
- Get involved: Have memories of a game you attended? Or a game you watched that caught your interest? Write about it! Writing for the Games Project is an easy way to get involved as a SABR member. Find out how by reading the Games Project FAQs section or checking out the Authors’ Guidelines. We have editors and fact checkers who are willing to help you write your first article.
- Read all stories from Wrigley Field greatest games book online: In Wrigley Field: The Friendly Confines at Clark and Addison, edited by Gregory H. Wolf and published in 2019, we delivered an ode to that storied ballpark, evoking its history through detailed retellings of 100 games played there, including not only historic triumphs and defeats of the Chicago Cubs (and the Federal League Whales), but also Negro Leagues matchups, youth championships, and even games by the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. You can read all of the game stories from our Wrigley Field book online now at the SABR Games Project. Click here to download your free Wrigley Field e-book or get 50% off the paperback edition at SABR.org.
Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM, a radio show hosted by former SABR Board President Vince Gennaro, is back for the Hot Stove offseason at a new time! Listen to a new episode at 4:00-5:00 p.m. ET on Saturdays on MLB Network Radio.
You can also listen to archives of recent episodes on-demand on the SiriusXM Internet Radio app. Click here to learn more.
Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM focuses on examining and interpreting the statistical analysis that plays a critical role in baseball today. It airs weekly throughout the year on MLB Network Radio, available to subscribers nationwide on XM channel 89, Sirius channel 209, and on the SiriusXM Internet Radio App.
We’ve heard your feedback: Some of you have said you look forward to “This Week in SABR” every Friday, but sometimes there are just too many compelling articles and announcements to read every week. We’re not complaining — hey, keep up the great work! — but we know the feeling. So in an effort to make the length of this newsletter more manageable to read, we’ll summarize some of the repeating/recurring announcements in a special “In Case You Missed It (ICYMI)” section of “This Week in SABR”.
Here are some major headlines from recent weeks that we don’t want you to miss:
- SABR announces 2020 Henry Chadwick Award recipients
- Check out stories, photos, and highlights from the 11th annual SABR Day
- The SABR Bookshelf: Winter 2020
- SABR member and Expos broadcaster Jacques Doucet elected to Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame
- Sean Forman to be honored with 2020 SABR Analytics Conference Lifetime Achievement Award
- 2020 Larry Ritter Book Award nominees announced
- Submit your creative writing for SABR’s Turnstyle baseball arts journal
- Jeremy Beer’s Oscar Charleston wins 2020 SABR Seymour Medal
- SABR Digital Library: The Glorious Beaneaters of the 1890s
- Read SABR biographies of Baseball Hall of Fame’s 2020 class
- SABR welcomes new chapters in Mississippi, South Carolina
- Chapman, Arenado win 2019 Rawlings Platinum Glove Awards, presented by SABR
- The Sporting News Baseball Player Contract Cards Collection is now online
- Read all articles from the Fall 2019 Baseball Research Journal online
- SABR to expand Diamond Dollars Case Competition in 2020
- Get a gift for baseball fan in your life with the new SABR Store @ CafePress
- All e-books in SABR Digital Library available for free to members
All previous editions of This Week in SABR can be found here: https://sabr.org/content/this-week-in-sabr-archives.
You can find contact information for any SABR member in the online membership directory (SABR.org/directory).
|Andrew Aronstein||Peekskill, NY||Bill Franciscus||Bethel Park, PA|
|Mike Blanco||State College, PA||Andrew Hutchinson||Prairie Grove, AR|
|Tom Brett||Charlottesville, VA||Joseph Lyman||Emeryville, CA|
|A.J. Carter||Commack, NY||Jerry Mefford||Buford, GA|
|Mike Dickerman||Littleton, NH||Jeremy Scott||Crittenden, KY|
|Rob DiPietro||Belford, NJ||Patrick Sullivan||Atlanta, GA|
|Stacey Flores||Phoenix, AZ||Tracey Tiburcio de Cuesta||La Romana, DOM|
|Alec Francen||Atlanta, GA||Ron West||Little Rock, AR|
Here are the new research committee updates this week:
- Baseball Cards: Michael Aronstein selected as winner of 2020 SABR Jefferson Burdick Award
- Biographical Research: February 2020 newsletter
Find all SABR research committee newsletters at SABR.org/research.
Here are the new regional chapter updates this week:
- Baltimore Babe Ruth Chapter: March 2020 newsletter (Baltimore, MD)
- Central Florida Chapter: February 29 meeting recap (Windermere, FL)
- Hemond-Delhi Arizona Chapter: March 2020 newsletter (Phoenix, AZ)
- Ken Keltner Badger State Chapter: March 2020 newsletter (Milwaukee, WI)
- Rickwood Field Chapter: March 2020 newsletter (Birmingham, AL)
Visit SABR.org/chapters for more information on SABR regional chapters.
Here is a list of upcoming events on the SABR calendar:
- March 7: Talkin’ Baseball: Don Jensen (Columbia, MD)
- March 7: Allan Roth Chapter spring meeting (Pasadena, CA)
- March 7: Hanlan’s Point Chapter spring meeting (St. Marys, ON)
- March 7: 2020 Southern Association Conference (Birmingham, AL)
- March 7: Seymour Medal banquet at NINE Conference (Tempe, AZ)
- March 8: Elysian Fields Chapter monthly brunch meeting (Mountainside, NJ)
- March 10: Arizona Baseball Legacy and Experience exhibit reception (Scottsdale, AZ)
- March 11: Bob Davids Chapter Monthly Hot Stove Dinner (Arlington, VA)
- March 13-15: 2020 SABR Analytics Conference (Phoenix, AZ)
- March 14: Emil Rothe Chapter Baseball Bookfest and chapter meeting (Joliet, IL)
- March 14: Halsey Hall Chapter Hot Stove Saturday Morning (Minneapolis, MN)
- March 15: Rogers Hornsby Chapter monthly lunch (Austin, TX)
- March 15: Northwest Chapter brunch meeting (Portland, OR)
- March 16: Larry Dierker Chapter monthly meeting (Houston, TX)
- March 17: Bob Davids Chapter Maryland Hot Stove Dinner (Silver Spring, MD)
- March 18: Baltimore Babe Ruth Chapter “Called Shot” monthly meeting (Baltimore, MD)
- March 18: Rocky Mountain Chapter monthly luncheon (Denver, CO)
- March 19: Magnolia Chapter “Third Thursday” meeting (Sandy Springs, GA)
- March 21: Babe ‘n’ Bob SABR Chapter breakfast (Edgewater, MD)
- March 21: Hank Gowdy Chapter meeting (Dublin, OH)
All SABR meetings and events are open to the public. Feel free to bring a baseball-loving friend … and make many new ones! Check out the SABR Events Calendar at SABR.org/events.
Here are some recent articles published by and about SABR members:
- Phillies owner David Montgomery to be honored with 2020 Buck O’Neil Lifetime Achievement Award (Baseball Hall of Fame)
- Frank Fellone: Grave concern: Fred Worth has a unique hobby (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette)
- Jeremy Beer: Why was baseball legend Oscar Charleston forgotten? (Zócalo Public Square)
- Kevin Johnson: Seamheads Ballparks Database updated through 2019 season (Seamheads)
- Rob Arthur: Real-time video cheating could happen again (Baseball Prospectus)
- Jayson Stark: Managers plan for the new three-batter rule (The Athletic)
- Stephanie Springer: What does coronavirus mean for MLB? (Baseball Prospectus)
- Justin Klugh: Is Mike Trout’s excellence boring? (FanGraphs)
- Jay Jaffe: Christian Yelich cashes in (FanGraphs)
- Jared Diamond: MLB could build a consistent baseball; here’s why it hasn’t (Wall Street Journal)
- Eno Sarris: What’s more important for a pitcher, command or stuff? (The Athletic)
- Rob Mains: What does a WARP less than zero mean? (Baseball Prospectus)
- Daniel R. Epstein: The risk of catching (Baseball Prospectus)
- Mark Simon: So much to learn from new ‘Fielding Bible’ book (ACTA Sports)
- Russell Carleton: Why aren’t you running? (Baseball Prospectus)
- Peter Dreier: Johnny Antonelli and me (The Hardball Times)
- David Laurila: Q&A with Indians prospect Greg Allen (FanGraphs)
- David Kagan: Physics in the on-deck circle (The Hardball Times)
- Chris Bouton: The not-so-private lives of baseball wives (The Hardball Times)
- Derek Bain: Retro computer baseball game review: MicroLeague Baseball 2-4 (Baseball Analytics)
- Nick Vossbrink: Black Ink and Trapping (SABR Baseball Cards Blog)
- Michael Kane: The Story Behind The Card: Frank Thomas “The Original One” (SABR Baseball Cards Blog)
Read these articles and more at SABR.org/latest.
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Originally published: March 6, 2020. Last Updated: June 17, 2020.